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About Black's Bar & Kitchen

Bringing DC quality & hype worthy Food, Wine, & Cocktails to the heart of the ever-evolving Downtown Bethesda, Black’s remains the community Hot Spot for killer happy hour bar bites, humanely raised Heritage Veal chops, and everything in between. Black’s has been on the forefront of supporting local farming & sustainable growing practices, serving only the highest quality produce, meats, & seafood for well over a decade.

Love Oysters? So do we. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with over 10 rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Black’s beverage program kicks it up a notch focusing on hand crafted seasonal ingredients & premium liquors. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and the Chef’s wings in the bar, or indulging bottomless brunch mimosas with the girls on the patio, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.

7750 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Fare Bar Menu: 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Late Night Menu: Thursday 10:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Norfolk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 652-5525

Website:
http://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/

Parking Details:
We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rates are 75 cents for each of the first two hours, 50 cents for each hour thereafter.

Public Transit:
Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.

Executive Chef:
Doug Lenz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check back for upcoming events such as wine dinners, oyster feasts, cocktail classes and pig roasts.

Black's Bar & Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
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Bar Seating (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Happy Hour (12)
Healthy (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Cozy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Pretty wonderful spot. My second business lunch there. Perfect for that. However, the design of the place is also great so I think it would be excellent for dinner as well. And the food is very good. Service very professional and friendly.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I found the food to tasty but pricey. The atmosphere was nice & so was the staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been going to Black's for their brunch for the past few years to celebrate the new year. We were a bit disappointed to see that they have eliminated their buffet brunch and replaced it with an a la carte brunch. For some reason, people around us seemed to be getting their food, finishing their meal and leaving before we even got our first course. I usually like the restaurants in the Blacks' chain, but I won't be going back for brunch anytime soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved this place for their Sunday brunch Buffett. We were so sad that they stopped the buffet 3 month ago. We wanted to just leave but we were hungry. Loved my avocado toast but loved the brunch Buffett more. Probably will never go back ( it's far for us).

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place to get a meal with friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My friend arrived a few minutes before me and the hostess was very accommodating and sat her according to her preference. When I arrived, I was delighted to see her sitting comfortably at what we both agreed was the perfect seat. Our server was attentive and friendly. I especially appreciated how she wiped the wine ring (left from my glass) from the table as soon as she noticed it. The food was impressive and presented/arranged beautifully. Dinner was amazing. We left and went to a concert nearby and decided to return for dessert. Although it was only 30 minutes til close, the hostess received us with a smile and our next server was just as great as the first. Definitely enjoyed Blacks. I hope to return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely evening and terrific food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Been going to Black's for years-- it never disappoints!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Blacks has been something truly special since they redecorated the restaurant and redesigned the menu a couple of years ago. Whether you are a fan of a juicy burger in the bar, a fresh salad with rich soup, artisinal cheeses and home-made mini-cheddar biscuits, or one of the fine steak or seafood dishes, Black's is a lovely dinner experience....and I have not even talked about the yummy red wines.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great seafood everytime. Loved the Branzino and chicory salad. Friend had the bouillabaisse and it was amazing. The corn bread is super yummy.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is my favorite special occasion restaurant. This time though, the experience was a bit below par.
PLUS:
Oysters always a treat. We live in Virginia Beach now and only see the taste impaired local water varieties.
Chefs are the best.
MINUS:
One meal did make it from the kitchen: one dinner was absent. It was reordered and arrived about 15+ minutes later. To their credit, it was complimentary.
Pistacio crusted: did not see any on 3 steaks. Powered?
Wine: the list has moved north from what I remember. VERY FEW choices below $100. I enjoy a medium priced wine (I am not a connoisseur), but would appreciate some choices in the $40-70 range (there are many fine CA & WA wines in that range).

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great dating ambiance!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Sunday brunch at Blacks continues to be my favorite.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our dinner was superb from start to finish. The bread basket was filled with fresh bread and savory biscuits with butter. We started with oysters, delicious and expertly prepared. The mignonette was very good. Our entrees were perfectly prepared: scallops, rockfish and seared ahi. My rockfish was beautifully cooked. Not overdone and served in a delightful broth of fresh vegetables. Done but not soggy. Lightly seasoned. Yum. The other entrees were also prepared with care and attention to detail. These people know what they are doing in the kitchen. For dessert we shared the key lime pie and it was so good. Original fresh presentation, light not overly sweet filling, dabs of candied orange rind and other bits and pieces topped with whipped cream. Even the coffee was perfect. Service was charming, helpful and unobtrusive. What a gem of a place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Good food, not cheap

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Nothing like before. It used to have a fairly good Sunday brunch. NOT ANY MORE. WHAT A BAD DECISION BY MANAGEMENT. They should feel it by now...NOT ENOUGH CUSTOMERS ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY. WAKE UP MANAGEMENT.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I had previously had a very good lunch here. But the brunch was not good. Three of us ordered the BLT and Avocado sandwich. How can you possibly botch such a sandwich. The bread and tasteless and too thick and yet somehow fell apart while eating it. No enough aioli sauce so the entire sandwich was boring; even the bacon had no flavor.
The others were okay with their meals. It does have a nice feel to it.
Service was slow.
Won't come back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Blacks used to be my favorite place for brunch, but it eliminated the hot buffet and desserts buffet, leaving only the raw bar; it raised the price of the raw bar. It is awkward if one person chooses from the menu and the other the raw bar because the one choosing from the menu will start later and finish earlier. Overall, the a la carte menu is overpriced (as is the raw bar). May go back, but certainly not soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My friend ordered scallops and was very pleased with her meal. I ordered the seafood pasta and it came to me wit about a half cup of cool and dry pasta, 1 shrimp, 2 mussels and one clam. Not anywhere worth the price.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Used to love this place. The prices have gone up and the food was not as good as before. Tiny fried oysters with shells in them, rubbery duck and understaffed for number of clients. Hope they fix this.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food & service! I had the avocado salad with salmon and it was excellent. I will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Overall service was not what I would expect from this type of restaurant. Food was decent but not worth the spend in my opinion.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Big fan of BlackSalt and looked forward to first visit to your Bethesda restaurant. Food was excellent. Two things of note. There is a strong smoke smell that wafts through restaurant and my hair smelled of it. That noticeable. Also, service not on par with BlackSalt. The value was ranked lower here despite good food. Smoke smell and mediocre service doesn’t balance the value equation. Needs work.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The rockfish I had, as well as the goat cheese salad, were good. Coffee and wine were also. A little expensive, so not sure I would go back for that reason.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The team was fantastic!
The menus noted our anniversary.
The food was excellently prepared.
We will return on our next DC visit

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The rock fish entree rocks!!! Excellent!
Excellent seafood! Great service and experience! I want to thank Matt bartender from Marriott hotel for the recommendation.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Blacks is solid and reliable. I was slightly (very slightly) underwhelmed this time but overall, I love Blacks and will return many times I'm sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Try the seafood stew. It is truly amazing and I order it most every time I'm there. It has a bit of spice to it and is very flavorful. Ample seafood and fish. The butternut squash soup is the best I've ever had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

出張の日本人3名でディナー。場所はベセスダの駅から5分くらい。オイスター、クラムのRAWにナパバレーのシャルドネ、サーモン、サラダなど。ロブスターは無かった。郊外の人気店だけどなんとなく落ち着きます。

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Poor service. Bartender failed to place order for oysters and when reminded 1 hour later, shrugged it off as “oh, I forgot”. No ownership for poor service. Food was slow in coming and waited over 1.5 hours for table despite being reassured that it will be another 15 minutes.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Black’s Bar and Kitchen is a wonderful find in Bethesda. The express lunch special is fabulous and you will not go away hungry.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Black's Bar and Kitchen consistently knocks it out of the park. Terrific food, great service, and a very nice atmosphere, though it can get a bit noisy at times. We love this restaurant--and keep going back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very accommodating to my wife passing the legal bar. The staff made our night and we will be returning soon. Btw: get the ribeye: the kitchen knows what they are doing please believe me

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was tasty and portioned well. Quite enough to hold a conversation at low to moderate tone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love Blacks. Have gone many times and for many different occasions, it's never let me down. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Organic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As usual, a wonderful and sometimes surprising mixture of flavors. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food but a bit too pricey. I also charged $2 for a side condiment for my scallops.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their dinner, while bronzino, fish stew,tuna and the hanger steak! Convivial atmosphere and just the right amount of attention from the waitstaff. Spent over 3 hrs there, but of course it was a Monday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We booked a table for brunch, expecting the extensive and delicious options offered just 4 months ago, a raw bar and a hot food bar with pancakes, waffles, omelettes prime rib, salads, etc. as well as a great desert table.

We were sadly disappointed that the brunch buffet was discontinued. Instead there was a limited raw bar for $35 per person and a separate brunch menu. Not at all what we were expecting.

Keep in mind when heading out for brunch. A lot has changed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and fun. Food is always interesting and exceptional.

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